|Poster:||dead-head_Monte||Date:||Jul 22, 2011 8:02am|
|Forum:||GratefulDead||Subject:||Re: RIP Space Shuttle, RIP electronics, RIP American workers|
In 1972 fifteen large companies headquartered in downtown San Francisco controlled about 430,000 jobs. American Telephone & Telegraph (AT&T) with its operating entities including Pacific Bell was the oldest and largest, employing nearly 100,000 in the Bay Area. The four largest technology firms based on the SF peninsula each had between 10,000 and 20,000 workers. These outfits were Fairchild, Hewlett Packard, Ampex, and National Semiconductor.It's all out-sourced now. Manufacturing electronics and high tech stuff is finished in the USA. It's over - as far as the USA being relevant in the world's future.
Ampex belongs in the Silicon Valley pantheon. It was the valley's first hip company - swinging with the likes of Bing Crosby and Les Paul. Ampex reel-to-reel audio tape recorders were used scores of times by the Grateful Dead to record their SBDs in the early years. The Europe '72 recordings made for Warner Bros were taped by Alembic at 15ips on a modified Ampex 16-track tape deck.
Over the years Ampex's electronics technology developments won an Oscar, 12 Emmys, and a Grammy. They invented the video tape recorder in 1955. Larry Ellison and Nolan Bushnell, of Atari fame, are Ampex alums. Ampex also gave us Ray Dolby. Yes, the Ray Dolby of Dolby Noise Reduction.
July 20, 2011 - Denver, CO: Defense contractor Lockheed Martin Corp. says it will lay off about 750 people in Colorado as part of a national voluntary layoff program for about 6,500 employees. In 2009 Lockheed Martin let go of about 800 employees, in part because NASA's space shuttle program was ending.Try calling 1 - 800 - Chi - Nese, and Dish Network. Your rocketry and space futures rest with the China National Space Administration - (CNSA). Did you know CNSA was helped into business by EchoStar and Dish Network in 1995? Dish Network and Lockheed Martin Corporation helped the Chinese to launch EchoStar's first satellite into orbit - at USA-taxpayer's expense. The Chinese (CNSA) are given free Tech-Support, paid for by USA taxpayers, right?
EchoStar 1, a BSS Lockheed Martin AS-7000 satellite, was launched successfully from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in China on a Long March CZ-2E launch vehicle on Dec. 28, 1995. It is orbiting at 77 degrees West Longitude. This satellite is leased to EchoStar from DISH Network for use for EchoStar’s Dish Mexico service.
Dish Network's rocketry crew at Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
Foxconn, best known as a supplier of Apple’s iPhone and iPad, had a huge explosion rock their Chengdu, China manufacturing facility on May 20, 2011. Local reports said the explosion occurred in the building where Foxconn keeps Apple's iPad 2 production line. The explosion is understood to have hit the polishing plant, which is at the end of the assembly process. Foxconn representatives have confirmed three deaths and 16 injuries from the incident. Many of the injuries were reported as serious.
Apple's iPad 2 workers maimed in Foxconn's recent plant explosion
The $2bn (£1.2bn) laptop-producing plant where the explosion took place opened in October (2010). According to Chinese reports, police in Chengdu said their preliminary conclusion was that the explosion wasn’t caused intentionally. Foxconn has already come under pressure in the past 18 months, after more than 13 factory workers committed suicide. Critics say the company’s employees are subjected to harsh working conditions, long hours, and low pay.
Foxconn is the world's largest maker of computer components and produces items for Apple, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Sony and Nokia. It employs about 1 million people in Concentration Camps in China. About half of them are based in Foxconn's main facility in the southern city of Shenzhen. Foxconn has been expanding its workforce into other parts of China as it seeks to scale back the size of its Shenzhen plant.
Apple reported record revenue and profits for the company's first and second fiscal quarters of 2011, backed by record Mac, iPhone, and iPad sales, and strong iPod sales... "We sold every iPad 2 that we could make. You CANNOT treat my workers more brutally than I do. We pay our Chinese slave workers horrible wages: an average of $200 per month. Americans are the biggest morons and losers on the Planet! I love to see American workers and their families suffer. They deserve it, they earned it. I'm very proud of myself and my Apple Corp." -- Steve Jobs